Tutima Glashütte is a brand that has no hurry about presenting new watches. The brand completed their relocation to Glashütte in 2011, and two years later, they presented four lines, Saxon One, Grand Flieger, M2 and Patria. From then on, they have been concerned principally with consolidating their position on the market. The new Saxon One M presented at Baselworld 2017 is a midsize version of the Saxon One, 40 mm in diameter, ideal for slimmer wrists, and offered at an entry-level price. The dial is in two colours, a sort of dark crimson, and a cool blue.
Case and dial
At 13 mm thick, it’s not a slim watch, but it inherits a lot of Tutima’s prowess in building tough, resilient, reliable timepieces. It has a screw-down crown and a 100-metre water resistance that makes it perfect as an all-round, everyday watch. The case is cushion-shaped, but different to most for its slightly truncated-pyramidal shape and distinctive for the short integrated lugs. The bezel has a fluted edge as a reminder of the rotating bezels that are an important feature of their historical pilot’s watches. The dial is nicely designed, with hands in a shape matching the hour markers. The days of the week are available in English or German. At the base of the dial the brand proudly announces that the watch is made in Germany, even though the movement is Swiss-made. Legibility in all conditions is assured by the SuperLuminova on hands and hour markers, and the anti-reflective coating on both sides of the watchglass.
Strap and buckle
Whether you opt for the version with bracelet, which has alternate polished and satin-brushed links, or the strap, it is perfectly integrated, with no interruption between case and strap. The bracelet is interesting for its double-T links, a reference to the brand name. The natural leather strap with contrasting stitching also creates an attractive pattern at the junction with the first link.
Movement and caseback
Tutima has the capability of building its own movements, but for this entry-level watch they have used their Caliber 330, which is probably an ETA 2836-2 or something similar by another movement manufacturer. It has been personalized with the Tutima oscillating weight with a gold seal, and polished screws. It runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz), provides the stop-second function, and has a power reserve of 38 hours.
Versions and price
The Tutima Glashütte Saxon One M is made with two dial colours, and with the option of bracelet or strap. Reference 6121-01 has maroon dial and steel bracelet, 6121-02 maroon dial and leather strap, 6121-03 has a blue dial and steel bracelet, 6121-04 has a blue dial and leather strap, It costs €1,690 with leather strap, €2,050 with stainless steel bracelet.